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Cristina Albu

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA

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Born: 1980

Interests: Modern and Contemporary Art History, Site-Specific Installations, Video Art, Land Art, Environmental Art, Phenomenology, Postcolonialism, Postmodern Architecture, Museum Management, Cultural Policy, American Studies, World Literature

I am currently pursuing a doctoral program in modern and contemporary art history within the Department of History of Art and Architecture of Pittsburgh University. In 2003, I was granted an OSI-Chevening scholarship for pursuing an MA degree in European Cultural Policy and Administration at Warwick University. I have conducted research on negotiations over spatial configurations in contemporary art galleries of West Midlands. My main interests embrace issues of art phenomenology, site-specificity, and postcolonial art networks.

Selected publications:
• Cristina Albu. Entropic Discourse in Thoreau’s Walden and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. In Irina Pana (ed.), The Sense of America. Histories into Text . University of Bucharest, 2009.
• Cristina Albu. Problematics of Postcolonial Dislocation in the Case of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest. In Jaynie Anderson (ed.), Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergences (32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art), pp. 1071-1076. Melbourne University Press, 2009.
• Cristina Albu. Anthony Caro' s Déjeuner sur l' herbe II: inside and outside the Frame of Picturality. Kritikos. Journal of Postmodern Cultural Sound, Text and Image, 3, 2006.
• Cristina Albu. The Disavowal of Modernity via the Fusion of Science and Art in Olafur Eliasson’s Site-Specific Installations. Natural Selections: Art, Science, and Exchange with the Natural World Symposium, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2006.
• Cristina Albu. The Indexicality of the Triptych Video Constructions in Isaac Julien’s True North and Fantôme Afrique. In Eveline Bernasconi (ed.), Isaac Julien. True North - Fantôme Afrique. Hatje Kantz, 2006.

Theses and dissertations:
• Cristina Albu. The Site-Specific Installations of Andy-Goldsworthy and Olafur Eliasson: Environmental Problematics and Relational Aesthetics. 2007.
• Cristina Albu. Negotiations over Spatial Configuration in Contemporary Art Galleries and Museums. 2005.
• Cristina Albu. Tzvetan Todorov, The Modern Exile Face to Face with Alterity. 2003.
• Cristina Albu. The Construction of Urban Space in Postmodern America. 2003.


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